Publisher: Knopf Books

Book Review: Lara’s G..

Book Review: Lara’s Gift

Lara's Gift is a beautiful mix of fantasy and historical fiction, set in a time period that I love – tsarist Russia in 1914. Lara dreams of becoming the next kennel steward, breading the beautiful borzoi dogs. Being the only child, she feels like her future is set in stone, until her mother births a baby brother. Suddenly, she must learn womanly duties and spend less time with her beloved dogs. Lara knows she is supposed to be with the dogs, as all of her visions of the future have to do with them. Unfortunately, this topic is one her […]

Posted December 28, 2013
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Book Review: Beholding Bee

Book Review: Beholding Bee

Beholding Bee is a novel written from the point of a girl who is an orphan, with a birthmark the shape of diamond over her eye and cheek and lives at a roving carnival in the 1940s. Pauline is the only one who cares for her, and runs the hot dog stand. She keeps the creepy carnival owner from putting her in the peeking box and from kids taunting her. The only problem is Pauline starts to like a guy and ends up leaving Bee to start another carnival. Beyond all of this is the lady in the orange floppy […]

Posted December 21, 2013
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Book Review: The Terrible T..

Book Review: The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket was an unexpected read that reminded me of Gaiman's writing. Barnaby Brocket was born into a normal family, whose parents whole life purpose was to be normal their whole lives. Having had two very normal children, they expected the same from their third. Unfortunately, Barnaby was born floating and did not stop. When he was 8, his parents came up with a horrible but well justified idea to let him float away, to bring their family back to normal. Having been released by his mother into the air, Barnaby Brocket finds himself […]

Posted December 5, 2013
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Book Review: One Came Home

Book Review: One Came Home

First Impression: I have always loved a solid historical fiction novel, so when I heard about this book, I knew I would love to dig right into the story. While Reading: Georgie is not a typical girl, she loves to shoot and cannot think of anything better than taking over her Grandfather's store when she grows older. Her older sister has her mind set on other plans and Agatha flees one day after her engagement is broken off to a wealthy man. A body with the dress she left in was brought back to town several days later and hardly […]

Posted January 15, 2013
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Book View: Thornspell

Book View: Thornspell

Short & Sweet: Thornspell is the tale of Sleeping Beauty, only from the Prince's point of view. And some added elements. This one had a bit of a slow start for me, but about 100 pages in, the adventure picks up and the characters really made me keep reading. Sigismund is an interesting character, having been born as a prince but grown up away from the mainland, and closer to the enchanted forest. He starts dreaming of a sleeping princess after a lady visits and tries to give him a token of affection. Soon, after Sigismund has grown up he […]

Posted November 14, 2012
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Book Review: The Game of Tr..

Book Review: The Game of Triumphs

I am not really a card person. But something about this summary drew me in. Maybe the mix of Tarot. Maybe the thought of this card game had a lot more depth below the surface. Whatever it was, the premise of The Game of Triumphs excited me.   The Game of Triumphs takes card games to a whole new level.   In the dark and often dreary streets of London, a new card game has emerged, The Game of Triumphs. Here players complete with Tarot cards for the ultimate prize. Fame, fortune, your heart's deepest desire. Whatever it is, players […]

Posted October 28, 2011
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Book Review: Kindred

Book Review: Kindred

  A good versus evil plot that finally has our lead falling for someone of her own species. I have to say the beginning of the book made me realize this wasn't going to be your average paranormal book (finally!). When Miriam receives a visit from the angel the first time, it's painful and the holy power of God literally makes her pee her pants. No joke. Finally, someone who has captured the real power of angels and how their presence really is stunning. I like the way that we learn about Miriam. With little pieces here and there and […]

Posted February 12, 2011
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Graphic Novel Review: Lunch..

Graphic Novel Review: Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

Another fantastic adventure leads the Lunch Lady to try and stop the Librarians from forcing kids to only read books and take over the world! There are a ton more fun gadgets found in this graphic novel as well: taco-vision night goggles, apple alarm, refridgaportal, hover pizza, linguini lasso, celery staff, smoke can of peas, and a sonic boom juicebox. The Librarians have they’re own weapons too – Dictionaries! Will they get away with their devious scheme? I hope not! I’ve bought these first two Lunch Lady graphic novels for my library and the kids are loving them so far!

Posted June 30, 2010
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